Julie started her academic career at the University of North Texas (UNT). She graduated with high honors in May of 2005, earning a B.A. in Economics. Upon graduation, she was recognized as the top undergraduate in Economics at UNT. She later returned to UNT to begin her graduate studies; at this time, studying education became her interest. She researched the high school dropout rate in the state of Texas, which has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation. In May of 2010, she completed the master's program and earned an M.S. in Economic Research. Wanting to continue with her education, she hopes to study issues surrounding equality in access and opportunity at MSU. She is funded at MSU through as IES Doctoral Training Grant for specialization in the Economics of Education. Currently, she is a research assistant for the College Ambition Program.